Jan 10 – IP & Bankruptcy

The International Intellectual Property Society (IIPS) is very pleased to announce that Christopher R. Mirick, Bartholomew Verdirame, and Anna Erenburg of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP will discuss “Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy from a Practical Perspective” on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the offices of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP at One World Financial Center. Refreshments will be served before the presentation.

Christopher R. Mirick’s practice focuses on the areas of business reorganizations and debtors’ and creditors’ rights. He has represented debtors, creditors, acquirers, landlords, and equity holders, both in and out of court, across a wide array of industries. Mr. Mirick has represented private equity clients in connection with acquiring, selling, and reorganizing both domestic and international portfolio companies, and mezzanine lenders and private equity investors in defending fraudulent-transfer and breach-of-duty claims asserted in connection with companies to which they have extended credit or invested equity. Mr. Mirick is the co-author, with Professor Lynn M. LoPucki of UCLA Law School and Harvard Law School, of Strategies For Creditors In Bankruptcy Proceedings (Aspen Publishers, 5th Ed., 2007).

Bartholomew Verdirame specializes in patent litigation in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and engineering and has extensive experience in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in complex patent reexaminations and interferences. In addition to litigation, Mr. Verdirame counsels clients in licensing intellectual property and in IP issues relating to mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy. Most recently, he assisted the United States Treasury on IP matters in the General Motors and Chrysler bankruptcies.

Anna Erenburg specializes in trademark, copyright, and Internet law, counseling domestic and multinational clients on all aspects of intellectual property matters, including worldwide risk analysis, clearance, prosecution, management, and enforcement of domestic and foreign trademark portfolios, copyrights, and Internet domain names. She also counsels both debtors and creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Representative bankruptcies and restructuring transactions include General Motors and Chrysler, and the related Chrysler and Fiat transaction, the LyondellBasell chemical company, and the Steve & Barry’s clothing chain.

The presenters will focus on intellectual property and licensing issues that arise in a bankruptcy proceeding, addressing the complex legal and practical issues affecting intellectual property. Issues addressing domestic and international implications will be discussed to assist practitioners in dealing with bankruptcy and in drafting intellectual property agreements relating to bankruptcy.

The fee for non-members is $20. Admission for law school students is $10. The nominal $60 annual membership dues fee may be enclosed with the membership application. Membership entitles you to attend other regular meetings during the September 2009 – September 2010 year at no charge. If you would like to reserve your space and/or pay at the door, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Frederick J. Dorchak at fdorchak@collardroe.com.

As with IIPS programs in general, NY CLE credit will be offered. This seminar will provide 2 transitional /non-transitional CLE Credits. Mail the Membership Form with annual dues, or meeting payment by Tuesday, January 5, 2010, to Harris Wolin at Myers Wolin, LLC, 100 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ 07960.

We look forward to seeing you in January and at other upcoming events and, as in the past, invite comments and suggestions for programs that might be of interest to you.

Sincerely,

Fredrick J. Dorchak

IIPS President

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